Computer: HP Compaq 6000 Pro SFF Win10 Pro SP1 32-bit desktop
--- I want to replace a ST3160318AS Hard drive (160.04 GB) in my computer with an SSD
About a year ago I purchased a Crucial MX200 250GB 2.5-INCH internal SSD CT6746138 SATA 6Gbps 555 MB/s Read / 500 MB/s Write (P/N CT6746138) that I was going to install into a Vista desktop but never got around to it. I believe I can use this SSD in the computer. I checked out Crucial for their recommendation for my Win10 Pro desktop and they have the same model with the same specs (P/N CT6750284): the only thing that’s different is their part #’s. If the P/N makes a difference, I’d appreciate knowing that.
I hope to clone my HDD to the SSD
However I’m not a hardware person so I’m going to asking some questions on how to accomplish that.
The instructions that came with the SSD instructs me to go to www.acronis.com/en-us/promo/tihd-download and run an .exe and follow instructions proceed with the SSD installation along with using an Acronis True Image HD Software Activation Key. I want to believe I can follow those instructions but my concern is will this end up costing me plus will I have to depend on Acronis all the time?
I was planning on using Macrium Reflect for the cloning and installation process: should I still consider it?
Another issue I see is that I’ll have to clone to the SSD as an external drive.
--- So I’ll need to use a USB SSD enclosure while cloning
--- Crucial has a 2.5” External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure USB 2.0 P/N CTENCLOSEUSB2 available
--- That looks like it will do the job. Am I correct?
Crucial has a 3.5” adapter bracket P/N CTSSDBRKT35 available
--- That looks like it’s what I’ll need. Am I correct?
When it’s time finally install and use the SSD into the computer what cable(s) do I need to connect it to?
And then do I need to make any new connections on the MB?
Well I guess it’s obvious I’m not a hardware person but I’m willing to learn what I need to do.